Hugh McMillan: Forgotten Doors
Hugh McMillan’s project, Forgotten Doors, involved local writers producing poems and stories about lost buildings in Dumfries. These formed a walking tour of the town, visiting freestanding doors where the new pieces were performed and recorded. A podwalk will be produced that will allow listeners to contribute to ideas about development of the town centre.
Funding from DGU enabled him to commission work from other writers and practitioners. He found working on an interdisciplinary project stimulating and it has contributed to his own practice, as well as identifying ways that he can work with the community. He is already planning another related project.
Image by Hugh McMillan
Lucy Renwick: Music Production
Lucy Renwick travelled to Bristol to work with an established musician. Together they explored music inspired by recorded audio taken from two woodland play workshops for preschool children held near Moniaive. She received invaluable mentoring on home studio recording, production and editing as she works towards generating an income from music.
She benefited from working with someone else, brainstorming ideas and storylines, and seeing how an experienced professional formulates ideas.
She came home with several recorded demos to work from as well as an expanded knowledge of music recording production.
Jack Finlay: Training in Rigging
Jack Finlay is a young professional theatre maker originally from Kirkcudbright. He works across many areas of the creative industries such as PR, communications, performance and stage management.
He has worked with a variety of organisations and events, including The Electric Theatre Workshop in Dumfries, Big Burns Supper and Carlisle Fringe Festival.
Jack directed a powerful and thought provoking piece of youth theatre called Follow Follow which was performed at the Civic reception for DGU’s Connections conference in 2016 at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries.
Jack was supported by DGU so he could attend training in rigging resulting in a nationally accredited qualification. He is now a freelance aerial performance rigger, a skill much needed in the region and is expanding his horizons within the sector.
Image by Colin Tennant
Stuart Macpherson: Research and Development
Stuart is a freelance bassist and composer, a versatile and creative musician who explores repertoire in jazz, classical, folk and world traditional music, bringing a unique playing and writing style to each genre. He enjoys working with artists from different disciplines, drawing on his experience within the workshop environment as well as his skills as an improviser to bring about innovative responses to creative questions.
Through support from DGU’s professional development fund – Innovate Create Cultivate – Stuart was able to explore new ways of working, including new audio platforms and audience participation methods, as well as film and visual projection alongside composition and sound samples. His work centred on Barnacle Geese from Norway to Caerlaverock and will inform his application to Creative Scotland for the next phase of the project.
Image by Emma Dove